(EDGE) Openly gay figure skater Adam Rippon was officially selected Sunday to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month, the Associated Press reports.
"A U.S. Figure Skating Committee chose 2016 U.S. champ Rippon, who came in fourth at the national championships on Saturday night, instead of second-place finisher Ross Miner," the AP writes. "The committee takes into consideration a number of criteria, including the overall performance for the season."
The AP adds that Rippon, 28, was chosen over Miner "isn't unprecedented" as the committee has made similar decisions in the past.
This is the first time Rippon, who came out as gay in 2015, will compete at the Olympics.
The athlete took to Twitter after learning he was chosen.
"When I found out what the Olympic team was, I texted Ross Miner and I told him that I was proud of what he did yesterday and how well he skated," he wrote. "He texted me right back and told me he was very happy to me."
Rippon has been outspoken when it comes to being an out athlete. A recent tweet of his went viral:
I was recently asked in an interview what its like to be a gay athlete in sports. I said that it’s exactly like being a straight athlete. Lots of hard work but usually done with better eye brows.— Adam Rippon (@Adaripp) December 28, 2017
Figure skaters Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou were also selected to represent the U.S.
Out luger John Fennell saw his Olympic dreams squashed when his sled broke during his run in the Nations Cup race last month.
Out skier Gus Kenworthy is also hoping to be selected to represent Team USA at the Winter Games next month.